Monday, November 7, 2011

Baby Steps

When I posted at 12:35 this morning, I quoted from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

The thing about this business (one thing about it) is that you never know.  Who would have thought?  Frankly, not me.
I wrote
The Court of Criminal Appeals can grant a stay and order testing.
And to the surprise of, I suspect, almost everyone, they half did.  And, at least for the moment, it's the more important half.
Skinner Stay - CCA
That's a stay.  Not for DNA testing, but to give the court a chance to determine whether the DNA testing statute, amended in part "because of this case," should apply.  And how.
That is, the Court is going to decide whether to give Skinner the test.  And it'll keep him alive long enough for the decision.
Rob Owen, one of his lawyers, explained.
The Court of Criminal Appeals with its decision today, has ensured that Mr. Skinner's request for DNA testing will receive the thorough and serious consideration it deserves. We are grateful for the Court's action and look forward to the opportunity to make Mr. Skinner's case for DNA testing in that forum.
Sometimes, not always but sometimes, they do the right thing.
This is one of those times.
And though I don't say this often, I offer these words to the Judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Good job this time!
Of course, now they've got to order the testing.
But one thing at a time.

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